Thirteen Lune — the online beauty platform offering Black and brown-owned brands — has raised $1 million.
“Through this capital that we raised, $1 million with our friends and family, and as we kick off our seed round, this is directed to the development and growth and scale of the site,” said Patrick Herning, who cofounded the company with Nyakio Grieco. “For as much as it’s about Thirteen Lune growing, it’s about the greater ecosystem of Black and brown and ultimately ally-founded brands that will flip the script on what inclusive beauty retail means.”
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Early investors are known names who include Gwyneth Paltrow, Sean Combs, Naomi Watts, Gregg Renfrew of the Beautycounter, Tracey Cunningham of Mèche salon, former U.S. Ambassador Nicole Avant and venture capitalist Patrick Finnegan.
“So many businesses and initiatives geared toward Black and brown founders are optically driven and don’t address the fundamental